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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sardines Recipes

Sardines Recipes

Sardines Recipes



Fresh African Sardines Recipes


Sardines Recipes

Sardines Buyer's Guide

Sardines are best when cooked near where they are caught they do not travel well. Fresh sardines are very perishable and normal refrigerator temperatures of do not inhibit the enzymatic activity that causes them to spoil. They are available throughout the winter but are at their best in spring. If you are purchasing fresh sardines, look for ones that smell fresh, are firm to the touch, and have bright eyes and shiny skin.


How to Store Fresh Sardines

To store the fresh sardines, remove them from the store packaging, rinse them and place them in a plastic storage bag as soon as you bring them home from the market. Place in a large bowl and cover with ice cubes or ice packs to reduce the temperature of the fish.


How to Clean Sardines for Cooking

Fresh sardines are perfect for stews, grilling and barbecuing. Remove the scales by holding the fish under running water and brushing it from tail to head between your finger and thumb, and then cook until the skin is crisp and charred and the flesh comes away easily.


Sardines are usually sold whole, whether fresh, frozen or canned. Sardines are found throughout the entire coast of Southern Africa and sardine recipes in Africa are plentiful.


Grilled Sardines Recipe


Ingredients
4 butterflied sardines, tail on, head removed
1 bunch coriander, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground paprika
1 hot chili pepper, chopped
Olive oil for mix and frying
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Lemon juice, to taste


Directions
Heat a large frying pan add olive oil. Add all ingredients except fish to a food processor and pulse to make a coarse paste. Spread the paste generously on sardines and place in pan until the skin is crisp and the fish cooked through.


Sardines Recipes


Sardines Interesting Facts


The term sardine was first used in English during the early 15th century and may come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where sardines were once abundant.

In South Africa, sardines are particularly abundant in upwelling regions because of high nutrient production that stimulates phytoplankton and zooplankton growth, which is the food source of these and other small pelagic fish.


Sardines are migratory species; they migrate to specialized grounds for spawning and migrate back to their usual grounds after spawning.


Each year during the May and July crowds of people gather on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline looking forward to billions of sardines appears for the Sardine Run. The Sardine Run in past years has been similar to the great wildebeest migrations on the Serengeti Plain of East Africa.


Sardines are schooling fish found swimming together in large groups. They do not have a certain method of communication except vibration in the water column can alert the other fish about what is happening during their schooling activity.



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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Easy Cabbage Recipe

Easy Cabbage Recipe

South African easy cabbage recipe Umfino is a Healthy mixture of cabbage, maize meal or corn meal and brown rice cooked in one pot. Umfino is a creative traditional cabbage recipe meal that is inexpensive and easy to make.



Easy Cabbage Recipe

Umfino Vegetarian African Meal


African recipes by African Gourmet

Creative cabbage recipe of Umfino, a delicious traditional South African meal made of cornmeal, cabbage, spinach and onions cooked in one pot. Get new ideas for how to cook cabbage.


Umfino Easy South African Cabbage Recipe



Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 50 min

Ingredients
1 medium shredded cabbage
4 handfuls of spinach
2 chopped spring onions
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown rice
1 cup corn meal
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large saucepan add vegetables, butter and broth, cook for 10 minutes. Add corn meal and rice stir well cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, dish will be thick add broth if necessary. Serve warm.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pretend Kindness Ancient Folklore

Pretend Kindness Ancient Folklore

Much of African ancient folklore has succumbed to lost memories of a culture. A desire to preserve, before African Folklore is entirely forgotten, some of the traditional stories, is preserved not only in ancestral memory but also in writing. Folklore has attracted much and deserved worldwide attention. Iniko’s pretend kindness African Folklore is a story about Iniko who pretend kindness by being gluttonous and selfish.


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Pretend Kindness

Pretend Kindness African Folklore




Nuru asked her husband Iniko to attend to the food on the fire while she went to fetch water. On her return, she found her husband skimming off the stew from the top of the pot. 


After he filled a calabash high with stew, he hid it inside the house.


Nuru did not let him know that she had seen him and went into the house, poured the stew her husband took from the pot back into the stew pot. She then returned the calabash to her husband secret hiding place.


At dinner, when Iniko, trusting in what he hid, said to his wife "give me only a little and let our children have plenty," she said to him "abdntsa ate bil- guro bigela gullemrni, father, don’t call spray spring!" 


He did not understand what this meant until he went to eat what he had put aside for himself, and then found the calabash empty.




Did you know?
If you dig deep enough you can find many truths in African folklore stories.

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